Association for Behavior Analysis International

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43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Invited Paper Session #386
CE Offered: PSY/BACB

The Role of Joint Control in Teaching Complex Listener Responding to Children With Autism and Other Disabilities

Monday, May 29, 2017
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Convention Center Four Seasons Ballroom 1
Area: VRB; Domain: Applied Research
Instruction Level: Intermediate
CE Instructor: Vincent Joseph Carbone, Ed.D.
Chair: Judah B. Axe (Simmons College)
Vincent J. Carbone, Ed.D., is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctorate and New York State Licensed Behavior Analyst. He received his graduate training in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, under the supervision of W. Scott Wood. He received a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University, Ft Lauderdale, FL. He currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Penn State University and the graduate programs in Behavior Analysis offered by IESCUM, in Parma, Italy, and at the University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy. His behavior analytic research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, Behavior Modification, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders and others. He has provided the requisite university training and supervision to hundreds of board certified behavior analysts in the U.S. and overseas. Currently, he serves as the director of the Carbone Clinics in New York and the Boston, MA, area. Additionally, he serves as the director of the Carbone Clinic in Dubai, UAE. All clinics provide behavior analytic consultation, training and therapeutic services to children with autism and developmental disabilities, families and their treatment teams.

Skinner's (1957) analysis of language has much to offer clinicians interested in teaching verbal behavior to persons with autism. Much of the research in this area has emphasized the teaching of speaker behavior with less work dedicated to a thorough analysis of the contingencies operating on the behavior of the listener. Possibly due to this lack of attention, cognitive explanations of comprehension, understanding, and word recognition have persisted. A special form of multiple control called joint stimulus control may provide an alternative and cogent behavioral analysis of complex listener behavior. The purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview of the conceptual analysis of joint control and the basic and applied research that has followed. Video demonstrations of the teaching of joint control with participants from a recently published study and additional clinical applications will be presented to illustrate the implementation of joint control procedures in applied settings.

Target Audience:

Behavior Analysts, Educators, Psychologists, Speech-Language Pathologists

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) define the concept of joint control; (2) explain the role of verbal mediation in the development of complex listener behavior; (3) to list at least five skills that can be taught to children with autism using joint control procedures.



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